Gynaecological Oncology Palliative Care Guidelines and DVD evaluation report
Since 2006, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI, formerly the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce), and the Cancer Institute NSW have partnered to support the GMCT Gynaecological Oncology (GO) Network. Two resources which have been produced as a result of this partnership include Best Clinical Practice Gynaecological Cancer Palliative Care 2008 Guidelines (the Guidelines) and Meeting the Needs of Women with Ovarian Cancer DVD (the DVD).
The Best Clinical Practice Gynaecological Cancer Palliative Care 2008 Guidelines (the Guidelines) were developed by the Gynaecological Oncology Palliative Care Working Group. The Guidelines represent interpretation of the best available evidence at the time of publication and were designed to provide clear, practical and concise information to assist clinicians in ensuring women with gynaecological cancer receive optimum palliative care. A panel of national and international experts reviewed the resource prior to publication.
A forum titled Meeting the Needs of Women with Ovarian Cancer was held in October 2008. The aim of this forum was to discuss and demonstrate the ideal multidisciplinary care that women with ovarian cancer should receive. A range of hypothetical situations were played out by an actor (playing the role of the woman) and a panel of clinicians. An educational DVD (the DVD) was produced.
In February 2009, both a hardcopy version of the Guidelines (bound in an A4 folder) and a copy of the DVD were distributed to a range of clinicians; including palliative care and gynaecological oncology medical and nursing staff, directors of area cancer services and development managers.
Additional resources were also provided to those requesting them; for example participants at the nurses study day and ovarian cancer forum. In addition, the resources were uploaded to the ACI and/or Institute websites.
In order to evaluate use of and attitudes towards the Guidelines and the DVD (the resources) a survey was sent to all the original recipients (excluding those involved in the development of the Guidelines).